Shorts Competition

A juried competition that awards prizes in seven categories. SLIFF’s narrative and documentary shorts programming is officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

See “Shorts Programs” section.

As an adjunct to Master Class: Microbudget Filmmaking with  Blake Eckard and…

As a complement to Master Class: Documentary Filmmaking with Anne de Mare,…

SLIFF is proud to kick off its 2020 edition with a special event featuring…

Perspectives on animals, the environment, and the natural world.

A trio of films that examine different aspects of the prison system in the U.S.

A program that explores the Black experience from a multiplicity of perspectives.

Glimpses of family life both fraught and inspiring from around the globe.

Stories of deportees, asylum seekers, and undocumented immigrants from Latin America.

A collection of real-life stories told through a variety of animated techniques.

An anthology of films about the lives of musicians.

A sampler of films from students in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the…

A trio of nonfiction shorts examining hard-won triumphs and continuing challenges in the LGBTQ community…

Nonfiction standouts from the 2020 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and new works by artists with ties to the…

This double bill of near-feature-length shorts explores the lives of two icons of music and movies who…

A global survey of the myriad challenges faced by women both past and present.

Rousing adventures, complex introspections, and unconventional families highlight this animated collection…

Take a break from the weight of the world with this laugh-filled collection.

A second helping of hilarious shorts.

An eclectic mix of crowd-pleasing shorts that includes animation, dark comedy, and horror.

Powerful films making strong statements comprise this collection of dramatic shorts.

A collection of mind-bending, form-expanding work.

Shorts to make your skin crawl and your spine tingle.

Tales from around the globe about people seeking — but not always finding — better lives in new countries…

Animated tales from around the world.

Janet "Lovey" Herrmann, who programmed the first SLIFF shorts program and continues to help evaluate…

These dramatic shorts transport you to a specific moment in time.

A selection of some of the best narrative shorts from the 2020 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Short films that prove a picture is worth a thousand words.

This eclectic program is tailored for children ages 4 to 8.

This program of family films will appeal to kids ages 8 to 13.